Leila Lee

Community Business Manager
Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

As Community Business Associate Director for the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, Leila is responsible for developing and administering economic development and community programs that support the establishment and growth of small businesses in Los Angeles.

In addition to having worked for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles City Council prior to joining the Mayor’s Office, Leila has been and continues to be both an entrepreneur and business owner. She founded and operated several successful businesses in the food, logistics, and beauty industries. Due to her extensive family history in apparel design and manufacturing, she also launched businesses in fashion wholesale e-commerce and children’s accessories, selling to major department stores and boutiques throughout the U.S. and abroad. Highlights from her career in business include having her products/businesses featured on KTLA, NBC, Vogue, People, and other countless publications. She was also included in Los Angeles Business Journal’s list of LA’s Best Young Entrepreneurs 30 under 30.

She was born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil where most of her relatives still reside. As Community Business Associate Director, she aims to provide current business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs the knowledge, resources, and pathways necessary to achieve success. She holds a B.F.A. from the Art Center College of Design and a Master’s in Public Policy from the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

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